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Music for the lost generation,
This review is from: The Smiths (Audio CD)
None of The Smiths had great experience before joining together in this particular little enterprise, Morrissey had briefly been a member of a couple of bands, although not always as the singer. Still, upon hitching up with Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke he suddenly found himself with an outlet for his writing and dreams.
But here we find a classic situation where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
Nobody had ever quite matched lyrics like his before to what were essentially Rock a Billy songs, although quite out of step with other music of the era, especially commercial chart music. Understanding or deciphering Morrissey's lyrics is hard full of contradictory statements and unless told the homoerotic metaphors are not immediately obvious
The music and arrangements of Johnny Marr and the sticking lyrics of Morrissey complement each other perfectly. The lyrics are jam-packed full of tongue in cheek humour and Marrs infectious hooks are simply wonderful.
There is a common misconception surrounding Morrissey lyrics, dour and miserable they are not. Not really, not exactly, and some of the lyrical imagery and scene setting is pretty much unsurpassed if you happen to be a lost romantic type.
The Smiths signed to leading independent label Rough Trade, there was already a buzz surrounding the group, but the debut single and 'Hand In Glove' failed to chart.
The second single was 'This Charming Man', is very distinctive, immediately reminds one of Sixties groups it's 'jingle jangle' nature and sound. Coupled with a strange appearance on National TV surrounded by Gladioli, Marr with a Brian Jones Haircut Morrissey sporting a granny blouse, hearing aid, quiff and national health glasses awoke sleeping teenage angst
Strangely people could associate with these lyrics, associate with the image and allure of The Smiths as a group, and especially associate with Morrissey himself.
Albeit the outsiders - The kids that were alone and bullied, who spent their time playing Dungeons and Dragons.
A genuine and often beautiful album.